Monday, April 24, 2006

GoodMen/Good Government

          "Governments, like clocks, go from the
           motion men give them; and as   
           governments are made and moved
           by men, so by them they are ruined too.
           Wherefore governments rather depend
           upon men, than men upon   
           governments.  Let men be good, and  
           the government cannot be bad.
                                                 William Penn
It really is good men and women that make a good
government.  More than you know, it is not only the leaders that must be good, but us, also, in our decisions.
Today (Monday, 4/24/06) down at the Capital in Atlanta there is a flurry of activity.  This is the beginning of qualifying week for the elections in November; and, everyone wants to be first to sign up for the office for which they wish to run.  It's too bad that we, the electorate, are not as excited and in a flurry of activity to find out about who these folks are and for what they stand.
Promise me--oh well, just PLEASE try this:  next Monday (May 1st) go "on-line" to the Secretary of State (or call) and get a list of candidates and the offices for which they are running.  For city and county candidates, you can call the county commission office.  Then start checking the people out.  The candidates will have contact numbers, e-mail addresses and web sights.  See if you can meet them personally.  Talk to others that know them first hand--are they really as good as their literature says? 
NOW-PRAY for wisdom and discernment.
Who, Lord are the ones You have called and equipped with knowledge, understanding and ability to bring forth good for the people?
After having made your informed decisions, give your choices your support-- in time, finances and your vote!  That's called government "of the people, for the people and by the people"
While I write this, I am remembering my meeting last week at the Capital with a dear friend.  She is running for re-election as senator from a mountain district.  This state senator knows good government from bad, is full of honesty and integrity, is hard working and persevering, and she's very kind.  I say:  "Oh Lord, more like her.

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